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  • Opioid analgesics have a place in therapy; knowing when and how to use is key

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jul 11, 2017
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    Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Opioids, FDA
    The recent agreement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Endo Pharmaceuticals to have Opana® ER removed from the U.S. market highlights the ongoing need for awareness on the safety of opioid analgesics and a better understanding of how the medication can affect the major body systems. While this decision resulted from research determining the benefits of using reformulated Opana ER no longer outweigh its risks, the question of whether or not opioid analgesics should continue to have a place in medication therapy remains.


  • Kentucky takes stance on gabapentin to help reduce risk to public health

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jul 07, 2017
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    FDA, DEA, Abuse Deterrent
    Kentucky has recently classified all gabapentin products as a Schedule V Controlled Substance to help reduce the risk to public health. This new state regulation, effective July 1, 2017, differs from federal regulations in that the state of Kentucky recognizes the abuse potential of gabapentin.


  • Endo has provided an update to the FDA

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jul 06, 2017
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    Medication Recall, FDA
    UPDATE: Endo International plc has released a statement regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) request in June 2017, to remove its reformulated Opana® ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended-release) from the market.


  • Louisiana Supreme Court settles pharmacy choice issue, employers retain the right to choose

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    | Jul 05, 2017
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    Workers' Compensation
    Since the initiation of Sigler v. Rand in 2004, the Louisiana courts have been wrestling with the issue of who has the right to choose a pharmacy for an injured worker: the employer or the injured worker themselves. At the heart of the issue is Louisiana RS23:1203 which states, “the employer shall furnish all necessary drugs…” The lower courts in Louisiana have been split on whether or not this language in the statute grants authority to the employer to choose the pharmacy or if the employee is allowed to choose.






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